The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) hosted its yearly science fair to promote science and technology careers to learners at its main campus in May 2016. Grade 10 to 12 pupils with an interest in mathematics and science were invited to the fair. The CSIR holds a number of career-focused events each year as part of its contribution to the National Development Plan to promote the science and technology industry and help it inspire more youngsters to pursue studies and careers that will build South Africa’s science and technology spheres.
The event had more than ten information desks, each with two to three professionals explaining and demonstrating different technology and research conducted at the CSIR, with the hope of inspiring the young minds.
The sectors covered included material science and manufacturing, biosciences, construction industry innovation, information and communication technology, photonics, defence, safety and security, nanotechnology, and aviation. Learners had the opportunity to visit each stand and ask experts questions to guide their career choices.
CSIR media relations manager, Tendani Tsedu, said that learners in high school are usually only exposed to science and technology in text book format, rarely being able to physically see what a scientist or researcher does and what interesting fields of work there are in various industries and in science and technology research.
Contact Tendani Tsedu, CSIR, 012 841-3417, firstname.lastname@example.org